Review | Interborough by Santino Hassell

Tomorrow! We will finally get to meet Ashton tomorrow in Concourse (and his soon to be significant other, Val,) and I can’t wait! Today’s Ashton tidbit comes to you straight from the man himself, and it’s a heartbreaking one. I have a feeling tears will be shed during the many Concourse reads! It’s going to be another smashing addition to the Five Boroughs series.

Interborough by Santino Hassell | Five Boroughs #4
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
Published on October 24th, 2016

 

 

Book Blurb:

The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.

David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.

The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.

| Book Review |

I held off reading Interborough for two reasons. Number one, it wasn’t available in audio, and since that’s been my primary way of reading this series, I was holding out for it. (I’m desperately hoping it’s not out because they want to make sure Michael Ferraiuolo can narrate it, as he did a spectacular job with Sunset Park and First and First. If anyone else narrates this book, I’m going to be devastated.) And number two, guys, I am not a fan of more than one book for a couple. Outside of Urban Fantasy, this has never ever worked for me. I feel like characterization is never nailed when this happens, and I don’t like it when the characters I love are messed with. Well, color me shocked, because all of my previous favorites were in this installment, and the characterization was superb. Dialogue felt authentic to the characters and even the mannerisms were there. I loved this book. Now, having said everything I just did, if anyone needed a second book, it was David and Raymond. There was so much I adored that I’m just going to bullet point it for you so I don’t have to mess with smooth segues:

  • I’ve read the first three books in this series several times, so it’s clear I love what this author has to offer. But this book highlighted was a master he is with banter and dialogue.
  • I was brought from knee slapping hilarity to tears and then back to laughter again within the span of a few pages. There was so much emotion in this book. Tears were shed, my heart broken. (And, thankfully, put back together again.)
  • Raymond’s friends. I love that he has buddies he’s had since childhood, especially since it’s just him and Michael, and I love that it’s so important to David for Ray’s friends to like him.
  • This book showed how alike Michael and Raymond are in the way they get so caught up in their own worlds to the point they can be oblivious to what’s going on around them.
  • David’s high maintenance paired with Ray, who used to be easygoing. I would never picture Ray with someone like David, and even David has trouble seeing it. But I love that David can get on Ray’s last nerve, and Ray just tries to love him through it. These men love each other so much, but there’s something so special about Ray’s love. You just know it’s not easy for him to give away, so it’s so moving that he tries so hard with David. Their relationship isn’t easy, but Ray’s in it for the long haul.
  • Both of these men had more going on in their lives than each other in Sunset Park, but they were pretty focused on each other. I like that in this one, we get to see David’s anxiety over tenure, and Ray’s business with his house creep in. We get to see how things going on outside of their relationship are impacting them now that they’ve been together for a while. And as is usually the case with David and Raymond, because they deal with things so differently, everything is a huge obstacle.
  • The ending. I kind of saw where this was going to end up, but it didn’t lessen the impact for me. It was perfect for them.
  • It was fucking hot. In the bedroom and on the dance floor. This book gave my imagination so much fodder for David and Ray extras!

I am an avid highlighter when I read, but I realized when I finished this one I’d only highlighted once, and that was to share a hilarious scene in which Ray’s anaconda is mentioned with my buddies on Goodreads. Now that is the hallmark of a good book, my friend. Would I recommend Interborough? Bet!

| Rating |

Series: Five Boroughs

    

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  1. I get a little nervous when I find that an author is tackling a sequel after we’ve already gotten an HEA. I think it’s because I shy away from fake conflict and angst and think that’s what it will take to add more story. Glad it was supergood and nothing to fear. The humor sounds great.

    Nice review, Angie!

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